Month: November 2021

An introduction to the Shambles, Chesterfield

There’s a brief introduction to the Shambles area of Chesterfield in this blog. We also dispel the incorrect theory, often repeated, that the area was originally temporary market stalls which became permanent structures over a period of time. There’s no evidence – as our ‘Chesterfield Streets and Houses’ book states – that the Shambles were …

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Stainsby school in the news – but what is its history?

The former board school at Stainsby is in the news at the moment as the National Trust seeks to sell the property. But what is its history? In this blog we’ll take a brief look. Our Hardwick: a great house and its estate paperback, published in 2009 (out of print but available in local libraries), …

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Water, Jam and locally produced histories

To end our short series on jam and preserves manufacturing we’re looking at a very small, basically one-man business, in Brimington, near Chesterfield. We’ll also look at how VCH doesn’t replace locally produced histories. Water and jam The story starts when land, at the north end of Coronation Road, Brimington was sold to a Frederick …

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Poor Law and poor tenants

Spotting this newspaper clipping from the Derbyshire Courier – Saturday 02 May 1840 on the Ashover History and Genealogy Facebook page prompted the obvious question: why were the Poor Law Commissioners ordering such sales to be made? A quick email to our Editor, Philip Riden, generated this explanation:- “It’s probably to raise cash towards their …

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